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A fruit-preserving and rabbit tinning company with a capital of £2000 is to be Btartod at Clyde, Central Otago. , It has been computed that the small yield of potatoes m the Oaniaru district this year lost to wage earners the sum of £4000. It is calculated that out of the 450,000 of a population m the Melbourne metropolitan area, only 500 subscribe to the Melbourne Hospital. Of 1,700,000 persons m the. United Kingdom who are over 65 years of age, 400,000 are permanent paupers. Two Chinese officials, accompanied by English engineers, helve gohe to Sfe. Petersburg, their object being to construct a railroad between Russia and China. The fastest regular train m the United States runs between Washington and Baltimore at a speed of fifty»three and one-third miles an hour. In his speech at VVanganui, Mr Carson figured out that the taxation paid by New Zealandera amounts to jnst under four millions of money. This comes to about £6 13s per head on man, woman, and child. At a temperance meeting m Auckland Sir William Fox, m reference to members of Parliament, made the following remark :—• "Members of Parliament are, as a rule, humbugs. I have been one, and so I know." At a meetirig of the Rangitata, Road Board on the 9th hist, the following resolution carried :—That m the opinion of this Board an amalgamation with the Anama Road district is desirable. The Alamecla encountered a fierce hurricane near the Kcrmadecs on her last trip from Auckland to San Francisco. Captain Morse was presented With a testimonial by the passengers for the skill he displayed during the hurricane. A coagregation near Pittsburg have literally "struck oil." The church was debtridden, but it hag grown enormously rich by the discovery of oil m the chprchyard yielding 1000 barrels a day, and producing a royalty amounting to nearly £17,000 a year. The attendance at the Ashburton District School has increased so (substantially of late as to warrant the application by the Committee to the Board for an additional teacher. The Board has granted the. Committee's request, and an assistant master will be advertised for forthwith. Upturns for the quarter ending 30th June last as Jo banks m Victoria, show that all debts' due M the banks, including votes, bills of exchange, a«d all stocks and funtied debts of every description, except notes, bill*, and balances due to the bank from other banks, reach the sum of £49,951,2.19, ■ Ihe total amount of the assets is £56,670,203. ftew Zealand • is likely to have a plethora of amusements during the ensuing season. Arrangements are being made m Australia for the visit of a large number of companies and stars, including the following;— Marian Burton's concert company, Madame Patey, Mrs Potter, Miss Janet Achurch, Miss Jennie Lee, and Brough and Boucicault's comedy company. The Bombay barbers o*e st»H m revolt against the shaving of widows'keadss. They declare the practice is not enjoined & the Hindoo scriptures. The Guzerati barbers were the first to strike, and there ar« five Jitakred of thenu They; fine and boycott any of fcheir class known to have shaved a widow's &&id. To many of them the refusal tdanavenjeatfsVloss of one-hundred and fiftyrupees a y^r. Finding all the brave barbers m a locality united against shaving, makers of household? ,sre sometimes compelled to jsend the widows #£ their families long distances'to be shaved. jLfc i$ to be hoped, therefore, that the barbers' coifcbination will greatly extend.

Tie Wild West Show will give two performances at Ashburton, commencing on Monday, 27th instant. We would again remind our readers of the performance to be given by the celebrated comedian Mr J. L. Toole and his clever company at the Oddfellows' Hall to-morfpw evening. ' ■ A correspondents, signing himself " White Choker" tips as follows for to-morrow's trots :—M&iden Trot —Poppett or .Cascade. Mile Trot—Miss Cave. Sellißg Handicap Trot—Grace Darliag. Three-Mile Trot— .Silver Bell or Poppett. District Trot— Marcngo. „Tlie. ".Tirnaru Herald" of Tuesday says Mr M&yne, jnnr.,, a member pf the Timaru Boating Club, dived off the top of tlurctarte that stands on the Moody jetty From the top of crane to the water is about thirty feet, and the deed was a plucky one—perhaps a triile tinged with recklessness—that is worthy of more than passing notice. Without doubt Mayne may be ranked as the champion' diver of the district. M. Laborde, of the Faculty of Medicine m Paris, hasjdiscovored a new aniesthotic 1 which he calls narcein. It is obtained m the i crystallised condition, and is aoluable •m water. A solution of narcein, it is said, sends the patient into a sound sleep, unattended with, a consecutive torpor, and its action on the body very rairely, if ever,jgives rise to vomithjg or'digestrva derangement. M. Laborde has k experimented very .successfully with his new, drug on rabbits, and now thinks that it cato Jbe applied with- perfect safety and adyalitagis on man.: In r addre;S9ing the Farmers' Union at Woodrpord, oii summer fodders, Professor Lowrie^;.of *the Roseworifyy^Agricuitura] College;; miys peas, if used, on the farm, is one of -the most profitable crops ,a farmei can grow, but if growii for sale the profits can small. PigSffattenrWell on peas, and no loss need be sustained through shaking . out on the land, as the pigs will go into'th^ field and gather the waste for'; themselves. Apart from the profit^ a crop of peas will greatly benefit the land for the following crop of wheat. ,The, benefits of. artificial manures were also dealt with. .■', In connection \ritli.the annivefijary of th< London doefc strike recently celebrated, Mi John Burnßhoiipubliiihecl a statement show ing what the working nijjgn have gained frorr th«i action inith,ted jnst; a year ago. He eayj the men have gained ;£300,000 more wages by the 178 strikes of. the vpast 12 months and £400,000 has beeh contributed m tin shape of wages tfi» other -trades ;. and th< number of members of trades unipns m Lon don alone has' beeni increased by 300,000, Rougliily -Speaking,' the" 178 strikes havi gained increased wages to the extent o: nearly \three-qaarters' df a million sterling This statement has?''however, .been severely criticised. It, is pointed out that Burns has omitted to say, ( hpw many millions the 17! strikes ha Ve'cost.'* Rather more than ten years ago thi " Quarterly Review "fstartled Its readers bj a description of thfe literary garbage which then formed the mental sustenance of th< lowest sections of the' British population To-day it returns to.the subject and examinel the character of the "Penny Fiction," whicl circulates by hundreds of uhou?ands m th< Mother. Country week • after week; Fron one ffuctofy of literature of rascaldom, m fewer than 15 pernicious publications ar issued. These arc mainly devotod to th< glorification of vice and crime. Some o them are written by men who arc^capable o better things, , Broken down university men clergymen who have been unfrocked, and ex schoolmasters are engaged m the miinu facture o£ this trash, also reporters, composi tors, and hangers-on of the newspaper Press The street lamps at Gore have been lighten by Mr Watt's hydro-carbon gas, and (say the "Southern Standard") it has so fa proved a success. It can be made—it ha been made—of quality equal, if not superior to the. best"coal gas. What b proved is, whether it can be manufactura ; m large quantities at a price low enough, to allow of its being profitably used m cotnpe ' tit ion with coal gas. If it can, then we sei ; 'no'reason why there should Hot be a revolu tion m the gas trade of the world.. Fat (tin principal ingredient m the gas) can be pro ducecl m almost unlimited quantities, if tin marker offers ; and its^small bulk compara with coal, makes its cost of carriage coinpa ratively trifling. The other constituent■namely, water—is so plentiful and wide spread that it can scarcely be termed, ai article of commerce. Much; greater import ance attaches to the Gore Gas Company' operations than tiny merely local interest. Mr Colin'Himtor, a Scottish artist win has made his reputation m London, made i large fortune a year or two ago by i speculation m a leading African gol( mine, when, after an accident to the mine, i friend on the spot telegraphed to him to buj all the shares he could get. The acciden Bentthe script do^wn to a very low price—i shilling or two^but; as Was known by th< frjend, the fall of headings and bank simph exposed the long sought vein of gold, ani: did for the miners what they had been tryinj to do for many weary months; the share! presently went up to an enorttipus premiuiin and they say • HMter made close upoi £100,000. fThe.Scotch artist.(says a contem porary) was always a good fellow and an ex cellent painter; he his just as good to-day professionally and socially, as he was befon this windfall. It is a pity every fortunati man does not take his good luck as grace A house of five stories (leaning against i rising ground)' has jwst been excavated ii Pompeii, m which important frescoes an still m a good state of preservation; In th< principal room is a representation of Belle rojphon-—a youth holdingthe winged Pegasui with ;one hand, whiles With the' other hi receives the orders from Proteus, who ii seated on a richly decorated throne. Th< lower part of the house is divided into batl rooms. The paintings m the frigidarium an specially well preserved—a nymp riding oi a sea-horse, and a frieze with comic scenes o pigmies fighting birds and crocodiles it Egypfc-

Holloway's Ointment and pills.Counsel fbr the delicate/—Those to whon the changeable temperature is a protractor peried of trial should seek the earliest oppor tunity, of removing all obstacles to gooc health. This cooling ointment, perseveringlj rubbed upon the skin, is the most reliabl* remedy for overcoming all diseases of tin throat and chest. "< Quiusey,' relaxed tonsils sore throat, swollen glands, ordinary catarrf Mid bronchitis, usually,-prevailing'-at this season, may be arrested as soon as discoverer; Mid every symptom banished by Holloway's sinlple and effective treatment. This oint aient and pills are highly commended foi the facility for which they; successfully contend with influenza; they allay m an incredibly short time the distressing, fever and teasing cough. ' As the wheel of time has again ushered m the busy spring, and .to, be to supply the requirements df Nature and oJ their numerous patrons, Messrs J. Scaly and Co. have completed their selection of seeds, which are of the choicest samples obtainable, and which include clovers, turnips, man golds, carrots, rape, perennial ryegrass, cQcksfoot, elephant swede, garden and flower seeds m endless variety, and garden requisites of every description.. For the convenience of patrons who cannot make their ptrchases during the day the ;premises will bo open to nine p.m. on Saturday evenings on and after the 16th August.—-(Adv't.) We clip the following important testimonial from the '' Illawarra Mer-Qury'? (N. S. W., of the 30ph March. It needs no comment i-r----"Mr John 'Loveday, of the Bulli Mountain writes to us that after suffering, for four years with acute gravel, he has experienced almost complete relief by using Sander and Sons' Eucalyptic Extract. He says:—" Seeing the said Extract advertised m the 'Illawarra Mercury/ his intense suffering induced him to obtain a bottle of the /medicine from Mr s Hoiking, ohemist, 6f this, town, and that the use of it gave him; gi*eat relief at #<ttc> Re states that between 10th March iGoafc, wK#n. he obtained the first bottle of the «xtyac£ #i<J. |l}e 19th, the - use - of; that medicine coutijifu,?d |to afford him relief, to wrhl«h he had been a steanffer f(>r four yearn Mr- Loveday writes also tijat he hj|s 'found the Eucalypti Extract % cure for rhemnatMtti as 1? eU< as gravel, lie requests us t^ publish this information through the' Mercury,'. We haVe much pleasure m complying with Mr Loveday 's request, whose word; cannot be doubted, and who can have no object m view other than a pure desire to beneut Buffering .iwinftnity. V(Advt.) . , ./ -. 2

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LOCAL AND GENERAL, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2544, 15 October 1890

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LOCAL AND GENERAL Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2544, 15 October 1890

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